Martin, GW Softball Blank Dayton in Doubleheader
Junior Tosses 12 Scoreless Innings in Pair of A-10 Wins
April 27, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Junior Courtney Martin tossed 12 scoreless innings to lead the George Washington softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Atlantic 10 rival Dayton on Saturday afternoon at UD Softball Stadium. The Colonials blanked the Flyers, 4-0, in the first game, then picked up another shutout in the nightcap, winning 6-0.
With its 14th win in its last 15 games, GW (25-18, 12-4 A-10) moves into a tie with Saint Joseph's for first place in the A-10 standings with four games to go. The Colonials' 25 overall wins match the school record set in 2012, and their 12 league victories surpass last season's program mark.
The Colonials jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opener as senior Autumn Taylor ripped her seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot with two outs.
GW added two more runs in the fifth as sophomore Victoria Valos singled to lead off the inning and Taylor followed with her fifth triple of the year, scoring on the play when the Dayton first baseman committed a throwing error.
Martin, meanwhile, was brilliant in the circle. She retired the first seven batters she faced and never allowed a runner past first base. The junior struck out four and allowed just one walk in the three-hit shutout, her first career clean sheet.
Kayla English (8-10) allowed just one hit, but walked six in the loss. She was charged with two runs in 6.1 innings of work, while Alysha Isaacson surrendered the other two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Taylor went 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in all four of GW's runs.
In the second game of the day, the Colonials again took the lead in the first inning and never looked back, as sophomore Samantha Dos Santos singled to left with the bases loaded.
The Colonials clung to their 1-0 lead until the fourth when they struck for three runs on three hits. Senior Amanda Zakeri drew a bases loaded two-out walk to make it 2-0, and senior Tara Fogarty laced a two-run single through the right side to put GW up 4-0.
The Colonials scored twice more in the fifth on a squeeze bunt by junior Chelsea Lenhart and another bases loaded walk by Zakeri to make it a 6-0 game.
Martin (12-10) escaped a first-and-third jam in the bottom of the first, but did not allow another Dayton runner past second in her remaining four innings. She gave up four hits, struck out four and walked two in five frames, and freshman Meghan Rico worked the final two innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three to preserve the shutout.
Emily Froment (7-4) took the loss for the Flyers (20-22, 10-9 A-10). She was charged with six runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out six in four innings. English and Sydney Cicchetti combined to toss three hitless innings in relief, but allowed four walks.
GW managed just four hits in the game, but capitalized on eight free passes, including three by Taylor and two by Zakeri.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday when they visit district rival Georgetown in non-conference action. First pitch from the Hoyas' Guy Mason Field is set for 7 p.m.